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It is Forbidden to Put Full Body Mannequins on Display

Answered as per Shafi'i Fiqh by Darul Iftaa Jordan
What is the ruling on using full body female mannequins in clothes shops to display obscene outfits?


All perfect praise be to Allah the Lord of the Worlds. May His peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Mohammad and upon all his family and companions.

If there is a need to put such mannequins on display, then they must be used without the head or as separate pieces provided that the outfits displayed on them aren`t obscene and don`t arouse sexual desires for this harms morals and public decency. But, if full body mannequins are placed on display, then this is prohibited since the Prophet was reported as saying, “Those who will receive the severest punishment on the day of resurrection will be they who imitate what God has created.” (Bukhari and Muslim.)

Al-Khattabi (May Allah have mercy on him) said: "Statutes of humans or animals prevent angels from entering the house where they are." {Fateh Al-Barie, V.17: 54}.

In conclusion, it is forbidden to display full body male or female mannequins. Rather, the full body female mannequins are more forbidden for they arouse sexual desire. And Allah the Almighty knows best.

This answer was collected from the official government Iftaa Department of Jordan.

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